Taxation should be voluntary
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The purpose of government varies from Jefferson's idea that "government is to protect the individual rights of its citizens" to Rawl's veil of ignorance ""intended to situate the representatives of free and equal citizens fairly with respect to one another". Regardless of a person"s point of view a true measure of consent is if a person is willing to purchase the produce. In this case the product is government.
Recognizing that people working together for common goals and protection is essential. This cooperation should be voluntary in nature. Once coercion is added to this collective agreement then the goals are no longer common.
In majority rule democracy, magic happens at 51 percent agreement. This 51st percent becomes a target of those of power. Since this 51st percent holds such great power, it should be a society's smartest, and wisest. Moreover, this 51st percent is never thought to be either the smartest or the wisest of a society.
The forces on both sides of an issue will attempt to manipulate an issue to reach the magic 51 percent. By the time a compromise is reached, original supporters may not agree with the compromise, yet will continue support, for many reasons. Many supporters will state that something is better than nothing.
Currently, measuring support for laws is by polling, which is easily manipulated. A time tested way of measuring support is through an exchange of currency. If a person is willing to voluntarily exchange their property for a service then a person receives a benefit from that service. No person will voluntarily purchase a non-beneficial service.
The American federal government system uses a system of check and balances, yet a citizen's only input is their singular vote. With no validation of consent until an election, citizens should be able to withdraw consent at any time.
By making taxation voluntary a person can withdraw consent to a government in a way that government must respond. This would create a government that of the governed, not just a simple majority.
'People' is a collective noun as used in this context.
When the people decide to tax themselves, that doesn't mean that every person agreed to it, but that the 'people' did.
Each person who wants to be a part of the democratically organized nation has to agree to abide by the majority's decisions, or has the freedom to find somewhere else to live.
It's time we stopped pretending that we can have a useful government and still retain all the personal freedom of an anarchist.
Using American political system as an example, in 2013, 47% of Americans are registered or lean democrat and 41% are registered or lean republican (Gallop). Considering the prior numbers, that leaves 12% of voters to decide elections. In most elections turnout is less than 60% of voters (Bipartisianpolicy). With 12% as true independents and a maximum of 60% turnout to vote, the "people" become 7%. How can such a small group be considered the "people"?
Very few people chooses citizenship, less than 13% of American citizens are foreign born, these are Americans by choice (Census). Most Americans citizens gained citizenship at birth.
The price to leave America is high. To legally leave, government approval is required in form of a passport. The fees to obtain then revoke a passport will cost around $2,500 (Forbes). (USA passport $135, revoke USA citizenship $2,350, addition compliance costs vary) (Travel.state)
Few have chosen to be American, and those that choose to leave are financially punished.
Lastly, the fear of anarchy, people will naturally form voluntary groups for many reasons. The key word is voluntary. As long as everyone understands that their membership and participation in the group is voluntary people will support the actions of the group. The best way to affirm membership in a group is financial contributions. Voluntary taxation would motivate government to respond all the people, not just a handful.
The fact is that taxation is something we voluntarily impose on ourselves because we recognize the need.
In that respect, in a democracy, all taxes are voluntary by the will of the people.
There has been a concerted effort over the last few decades to give people the impression that our govt is an entity that is somehow separate from ourselves, and that is totally wrong.
Our govt is us, and if you find that distasteful, your choices are to change how people vote, or go someplace else.
Government affects every American, yet the only time government representatives face consequences is at a ballot box every few years. In the Gettysburg's Address, Lincoln referred to the American government as a "government of the people, by the people, for the people", which is exactly why taxation should not be at the tip of a bayonet. The people should be able to persuade others to fund the government. Especially, since the money will be spent on fine purposes, like pouring water on terrorists, bailing out failing companies, enabling a household with no workers to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, fund art projects, ineffective schooling of children, and many others.
As for changing the way people vote, from Bloomberg, "A record 49 percent of Americans live in a household where someone receives at least one type of government benefit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And 63 percent of all federal spending this year will consist of checks written to individuals for which the government receives currently no services," with 49 percent receiving money from the government, these voters have zero financial motivation to change their vote. The next way to get them to change their vote is on morality, which, this debate is about.
In this week's news, the American government is facing a shut down, and our elected representatives are arguing small points of an $11,000,000,000,000 spending bill. None of the small points are if the American people are will to pay the cost.
In conclusion, the case for making taxation voluntary is strong. Voluntary taxation will strengthen the American republic by building a government that is responsive to all citizens, not just voters. This government will be of a free people forming voluntary organizations for the common good. Yet, the best part will be that only death will be inevitable, no longer taxes.
Thanks for considering this position,
If you got married, would you expect to have it all go your way?
Any time you have a group acting as one, someone will have to compromise.
What a lovely word.
Too bad it's been turned into a curse by those who have no real understanding of what it means to live in a democratic society.
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Vote Placed by Bennett91 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's rebuttles were short and not really articulated. Pro used a lot of rhetoric which was unconvincing. But he put more effort into the debate so he gets conduct and source points.
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